A Naturalist’s Guide to the White Rim Trail
David B. Williams and
Published by Wingate Ink
A 62-page introductory guide to the natural and culture history
of the White Rim Trail, or as the park service calls it, the White Rim
Road. Includes species lists, discussion of geology, flora, and fauna,
and maps with mile-by-mile description of the road.
Our goal in writing this guide was to give people information that encourages
them to not just “do” the White Rim, but to take the time to
observe their surroundings in this magnificient landscape.
“ If I ever ride the White Rim, I imagine
that I would carry this guide book.”
“ Golly ned. I wish we had had such a
nifty bit of writing when we visited the area. It certainly would have
made for a much more swell experience.”
“ I might not have lost a single heifer
if I had this handy book.”
From the Book:
The top number in this log is for people going east to west, and the bottom
number is for people going west to east. Both mileage numbers start at
the Visitor Center.
|Lathrop Canyon Trail - Foot traffic only. Five miles
Island in the Sky road, with an elevation gain of 1,600 feet.
|Entrance to Lathrop Canyon - Four miles down to the
river. Named for sheepman Howard Lathrop, who worked in this area
1940s. Vehicle camping is not allowed in the canyon.
|Airport Tower Campsites A and B - Please note that you must camp
within the boundaries marked by the four posts at all of the
campsites on the White Rim Trail.
|Airport Tower Campsites C and D - Abajo Mountains to the
south, locally called the ‘Blues’
|Main fork of Buck Canyon - Lathrop may have wintered
his “bucks” in this canyon.
|Blackbrush community - The dominant small shrub surrounding
the road is blackbrush (Coleogyne ramosissima), a member of the rose family.
It is a significant forage plant for deer and bighorn sheep. The plants grow
in shallow soils (less than 2.5 feet) and have small, solitary yellow flowers,
which bloom May to July. They form extensive stands on many parts of the trail.